Texas A&M University, Qatar
Fall, Spring, Summer, or Academic Year
In 2003, as part of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalida Al-Thani's vision for the development of Qatar, Texas A&M University was invited by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development to establish a branch campus in Education City, in Doha, Qatar. Texas A&M University Qatar’s
research emphasis areas include environmental issues, advanced water treatment technologies, chemical process safety, petroleum reservoir studies, mathematical modeling, machinery and controls, telecommunications, transportation and roads, electric power generation, distribution and machinery, chemistry, and physics. In total, research activities that address important issues to Qatar are valued at over $196 million.
Designed by the Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta, the 55-000 square meterTexas A&M Engineering Building
combines modernist elements with traditional Islamic architectural motifs. As one of the most advanced facilities for engineering education in the world, the building is fully wireless and features high-tech classrooms, teaching laboratories and computer laboratories. The research annex provides additional research laboratories that give future Aggie engineers firsthand experience.
Located on 25,000 acres on the outskirts of Doha, Education City is Qatar Foundation's flagship project. With a mission to prepare the people of Qatar and the region to meet challenges of an ever-changing world, Qatar Foundation has created a "multiversity" made up of the world's leading universities.
To the south of the city, a new airport promises to bring future commerce, tourism and opportunity. To the north, construction continues on The Pearl-Qatar, a man-made island for resort hotels and luxury villas. These will compliment Doha's many existing attractions: five-star restaurants, modern shopping malls, traditional souks, historic museums, first-run movies and a variety of sporting and other activities. A regular bus service carries students from Education City to different locations throughout Doha.
Under the leadership of His Highness, The Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Qatar has made enormous strides in diversifying its economy. The country has invested its petrodollars heavily in healthcare, education and encouraged the creation of an infrastructure that will help Qatar become a tourist destination and international financial center. The State of Qatar is transforming its energy-based economy into a knowledge-based economy.
His Highness, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, has also pursued a course of political reform including declaring freedom of the press and equal rights for women. This makes Qatar among the most progressive states in the Arab world. These steps toward political and economic liberalization have created a stable and prosperous society that engages wholeheartedly in the global community while maintaining a national character founded deeply in its cultural roots. The current construction boom in Qatar makes its capital city, Doha, a canvas of potential.
Students can choose to study abroad during
- This program is limited to Chemical, Electrical & Computer, Electrical, Mechanical or Petroleum Engineering students in the College of Engineering during the fall and spring semester. However, summer session is open to all students in the College of Engineering.
- Must be nominated by the department head within your department
- Have a minimum 2.75 G.P.R.
- Must possess (and upload) a passport that is valid until 6 months after the exchange would end.
- Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
- Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
- Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
The Texas A&M Qatar curriculum is identical to that offered at the main campus in College Station, Texas. Courses are taught in a coeducational setting all in English.
- Fall Semester (August to December)
- Spring Semester (January to May)
- Academic Year (August to May)
- Summer I (May to early July)
Programs of study include chemical
engineering in addition to liberal arts
courses. Like their counterparts in Texas, the Qatar campus' faculty is dedicated to preparing students to solve the engineering challenges of tomorrow through discovery, innovation and application.
As a student of the Qatar campus, not only do you have the opportunity to get a world-class engineering education, you can study side-by-side with students specializing in the arts, medicine, business, journalism, communication or foreign service.
Through the cross registration program, you can study art at Virginia Commonwealth University, journalism at Northwestern University, business, communication and computer science at Carnegie Mellon University or international affairs or Arabic at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Becoming an exchange student to TAMUQ is a very competitive process. We encourage students to meet with their academic advisor regarding the program and ask that their name be put on the list of applicants.
Students will live at the HBKU Student Housing at Education City with other students from various parts of the world. This gives TAMU students an opportunity to learn different nationalities and gain international exposure.
Male and female students live in separate on-campus housing, close to the Texas A&M Engineering Building. The accommodations include shared apartments that are fully furnished with living room, dining room and bedroom furniture. Each residence also has a common room equipped with cable TV, computers and a telephone with local service. Security services are provided on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Texas A&M - Qatar facilities of Education City include a student center, a recreation center and transportation services. The Student Center is the heart of the campus. It offers services and programs that bring together students, graduates, faculty and staff of Education City. The services and operations include food court, health and wellness center, convenience store, bookstore, bowling alley, game room, art gallery, movie theater and much more. The Student Center is a place for students to study, relax, and find excitement and enjoyment.
Texas A&M has a rich tradition of student involvement, service and leadership. At Texas A&M at Qatar, students, faculty and staff form one community united in pursuit of the same educational goals. The faculty and staff know that students learn by doing, which translates into hands-on training that encourages creative problem solving in real-world situations. Outside the classroom, students involve themselves in a wide range of extracurricular activities that challenge them to engage each other and the world at large. Lecture series, volunteer days, athletics, charitable drives, student government, and student organizations enrich your education.
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship
and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage
Students should refer to the Halliburton Enginering Global Programs website for program cost estimates.
Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Programs Office website here:http://studyabroad.tamu.edu/funding
or visit for walk-in advising.
College Station Students Only: The Scholarships and Financial Aid office offers scholarship programs. These scholarships are based on merit and/or financial need. For more information and to access the application, visit: https://sfaid.tamu.edu/uwideapp/#Program13
Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of TAMU study abroad programs. Students can contact the program's respective study abroad advisor (listed above) to obtain a copy of the program-specific Financial Aid Request Form. Students should schedule a meeting with a financial aid advisor to discuss their award package and disbursement of financial aid as it relates to the courses and the program fee due dates. Link to the Scholarship & Financial Aid Office:http://financialaid.tamu.edu/
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student
"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."
Former Texas A&M Exchange Student